Brevard Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit Arrests Dodd Mitchell For Having Sexual Relationship with Student
By Space Coast Daily // October 11, 2017
Sexual Battery of a person under 18 years old
Employed as Teacher at Astronaut High School
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 55-year-old Dodd Anthony Mitchell of Cocoa for having a sexual relationship with a student while he was employed as a teacher at Astronaut High School.
According to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tod Goodyear, the investigation was initiated last week after Sheriff’s agents received information detailing a sexual relationship between Mitchell and a former student that occurred between 2014 and 2016.
“Mitchell was taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit after a warrant was signed by Judge Roberts charging him with Sexual Battery of a person under 18 years of age while in custodial authority,” said Goodyear in a release.
Mitchell is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex with a bond of $250,000.
“Brevard Public Schools won’t stand for any kind of predatory or sexual behavior toward students by its employees,” said Matt Reed, assistant superintendent for government and community relations.
“When students or parents come forward to report potentially criminal behavior, we act – including calling the police or sheriff’s office to investigate. Today, we are saddened and infuriated to learn of the arrest of a former JROTC instructor at Astronaut High. If the principal or other school staff were aware of the off-campus relationship, they would have acted to stop it and remove the teacher from campus immediately,”
Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Tim Michalak of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victims Unit, at 321-633-8419 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and the caller may remain anonymous.
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